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Thursday Night Football preview: Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Seahawks

The Dallas Cowboys will look to extend their unbeaten record at home at AT&T Stadium when they host the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night in Week 13.

Mike McCarthy's team has the second-best record in the NFC, with only Philadelphia Eagles ahead of them after they lost to their NFC East rivals earlier this month.

The Cowboys are on track for another crack at the playoffs, but they face a Seattle team that also harbors hopes of playing post-season football. The Seahawks are 6-5 for the season, but they look vulnerable ahead of their trip to Arlington.

WhatSeattle Seahawks @ Dallas Cowboys
WhereAT&T Stadium, Arlington
When8.15 PM ET, Thursday, November 29
How to watchAmazon Prime
OddsSeattle Seahawks +350 ML, Dallas Cowboys -9.0

Seattle offense needs to step up

With a 6-5 record, the Seattle Seahawks have every chance of reaching the playoffs, but when analyzing their recent play, their fans have reasons to be worried.

The Seahawks are +5000 to win the NFL Championship - the 11th-shortest odds in the league - after they lost three of their last four games. They are +120 to reach the playoffs, but they will need to improve on offense if they are to have any chance.

Recent defeats to the Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers have hurt Seattle's confidence, and they scored under 17 points in all of those losses.

In the Seahawks' last four games, Geno Smith has thrown three touchdowns and two interceptions, but two of those touchdowns came during the one win - 29-26 over the Washington Commanders in Week 10.

The running game has also taken a hit, as top RB Kenneth Walker III missed the Seahawks' 31-13 loss to division rivals the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12.

Smith needs more help

In their 31-13 defeat to the 49ers, quarterback Geno Smith threw zero touchdowns, while he was also picked off by the 49ers secondary. After a career-best season last year, Smith now has 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions for the campaign.

Worryingly for Smith, he may struggle to stay upright on Thursday, with Seattle's offensive line set to struggle against the Dallas defensive front.

Last week against the 49ers, he was sacked six times, and Smith has now been sacked four or more times in three games.

If he struggles once again, Smith will find it hard to hit the over on 230.5 passing yards.

He will look to bring the best out of his wide receivers, who have been quiet of late, apart from rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba. He has made 40+ receiving yards in six of his last seven, and his receiving yards over/under is set at 43.5.

Cowboys on the charge under McCarthy

The Cowboys have fallen short over the last few years when it comes to the playoffs, but historically, America's Team was ever-present in the postseason.

That should be the case once again this campaign despite their division rivals the Philadelphia Eagles having a 10-1 record, as Dallas has won five of their last six and sits two games ahead of the Seahawks for the first wild card.

Dallas' recent schedule has been kind, with McCarthy's team playing the likes of the New York Giants, Carolina Panthers and Washington Commanders.

However, they have just got the job done, scoring a minimum of 33 points in each of those games. The Cowboys are available at +120 to score over 30.5 team points this week.

Seattle's offensive line has been vulnerable of late, and they are about to face a Cowboys defense that is tied 3rd for quarterback hits this season and tied 6th for sacks. 

Cowboys cornerback DaRon Bland has five pick-sixes this season, an NFL record, and the Cowboys defense has held opposing offenses to a 60 percent completion percentage, the fourth-best in the league.

McCarthy's team are -135 to record over 3.5 sacks, and they should be able to dominate up front with that unit led by Micah Parsons.

While the spotlight should be on their defense, their offense has been just as impressive.

Quarterback Dak Prescott has 17 touchdowns and two interceptions in the previous five weeks, and he has been given time to pick out multiple receivers. Against the Commanders last week, Prescott passed to 10 different team-mates, and everything seems to be clicking for the NFC East giants.

On the ground, running back Tony Pollard has rushed for 50+ yards in five straight games, and he -270 to do that again this week.

The Seahawks are already without guard Phil Haynes, while Dareke Young and Kenneth Walker III are classed as doubtful.

Dallas have only got tight end Peyton Hendershot on the treatment table as he tries to return from IR, and at home, they are favored by -9.0.

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